Holiday Coffee Recipes

Family, Friends, good food, good drink, good times do the Holidays make. Many of us coffee snobs are also foodies. That's why I'm sharing some of my favorite family holiday coffee recipes and holiday coffee drinks.

Holiday Coffee Recipes & Holiday Coffee Drinks

What sets holiday coffee recipes and holiday coffee drinks apart from coffee recipes to be served during the rest of the year. In a word, I would say "festive". Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year celebrate some of our most sacred holidays.

It's a time when family and friends come together, eat too much, drink just enough, and mostly enjoy each other's company. The holidays are truly a special time of year. Therefore, they deserve traditions of special food. In this blogpost, I'll share with you some of our family's favorite recipes.

Russell and Alisha Volz
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Tiramisu – The King of Coffee Desserts

This recipe comes from my sister Karen in Wisconsin. Karen is both a coffee snob and a foodie. Not to mention, much like my wife Alisha, Karen is one hell of a good cook. Here is Karen’s recipe for her nearly world-famous tiramisu.

  • Ingredients
    • 2/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
    • 16 oz. cream cheese (softened)
    • 3 oz. grated Semi-sweet Chocolate
    • 1 ½ Cup Whipping Cream
    • 2 Packages fresh lady fingers (soft not hard, usually refrigerated, sometimes frozen, but definitely soft)
    • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
    • ½ pint raspberries (fresh)
    • ½ cup Kahlua
    • 2/3 cut extrastrong coffee (may the fleas of a 1,000 camels fester in your armpits if you use instant coffee)
    • 2 Tablespoons fudge ice cream topping
  • Instructions
    • Whip cream and place in refrigerator
    • Mix coffee with Kahlua, set aside
    • In mixer, mix cream cheese, add powdered sugar, vanilla, 2 Tablespoons of Kahlua mixture and most of the graded chocolate (reserve 2 Tablespoons of graded chocolate for top)
    • Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture
    • Split the lady fingers lengthwise. In a glass 8×11 baking dish, put one layer of split lady fingers.
    • Brush the lady fingers generously with Kahlua & coffee mixture
    • Spread ½ of the cream cheese mixture over the lady fingers.
    • Set 9 raspberries aside for the topping, then put half of the remaining fresh raspberries over the cream cheese mixture
    • Put down another layer of lady fingers, then Kahlua/Coffee mixture, then cream cheese mixture, then the other half of the raspberries.
    • Put a dusting of grated chocolate over the top
    • Pipe a swirl of whip cream on each piece and place a raspberry on the swirl
    • Drizzle with fudge topping
    • Refrigerate at least 3 hours

Coffee BBQ Rub (Steak)

Even though I'm a certifiably crazy coffee nut and also a BBQ nut, I was dubious about adding the two together. Surprisingly, if I didn’t know the rub was made with coffee, I wouldn’t have known. For some reason, the coffee makes the steaks remarkably juicy.

  • 1/2 cup finely ground coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Pour a scant amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the meat, one hour before cooking.  Rub the coffee mixture on meat and let sit out on the counter.  Just before cooking, rub excess amount of coffee off.  Grill, or cook as you please.

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BBQ Coffee Rub

Coffee & Mayo BBQ

Yes, I agree. This combination sounds weird. But trust me, it tastes great. I’ve even done this same recipe using Cajun spices instead of the coffee. This recipe is one of my holiday go-to favorites.

  • ½ cup finely ground coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pepper
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise

Mix the ingredients together, slather the steak with you concoction, put your steak on the barbie. You’re going to be surprised at how good this tastes.

Coffee Rubbed Salmon in Foil

This recipe, once again, comes from my sister Karen in Wisconsin. Now keep in mind that I’m not a big fan of vegies, but I’ll tell you, the Coffee Salmon in Foil recipe below was to die for. The vegies actually had some taste and that’s saying a lot coming from me.

  • 1 lb. salmon, 1″ thick, cut in 4 servings (use coffee rub before cooking)
  • 2 cups long slices of a variety of peppers, red, yellow and orange
  • 1 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 1 cup snow pea pods
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • 4 cloves sliced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons EV Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 medium orange thinly sliced

Preheat oven or grill to 400 F.  Cut 4 14″ squares of aluminum foil.  In a bowl combine all vegetables, thyme, orange zest, salt and pepper, and olive oil.  Toss to coat.  Divide vegetable mixture among the 4 pieces of foil.  Place a piece of coffee rubbed salmon on top.  Place 2 slices of orange on top of each piece of salmon.  Fold foil and roll edges to seal.  Place on a baking pan if cooking in the oven or directly on the grate of a grill. Cook 25 minutes.

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Kahlua Coffee Recipe

OK, I’ll admit, I’m a sweetaholic. Actually, everyone in my family is a sweetaholic. And because we’re also fond of our spirits, this recipe is a big hit in my family.

  • 3 Cups Very Strong Lake City Coffee
  • 4 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Cups Graygoose Vodka (Top Shelf)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean (See notes below)
  • Shake Daily
  • Let Stand 1 Month (riiiiiiiiight - like who can wait a month?)

Eggnog Coffee or Spirits

I wasn’t a big fan of eggnog until finding this recipe. Now, I’m hooked! First, we have to make the eggnog. Don’t worry, it’s much easier and faster than it looks.


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2cup granulated sugar
  • 1cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2cups milk
  • 1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon for topping
  • alcohol or coffee are optional, see note below


  • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and creamy.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk, nutmeg and salt. Stir often until mixture reaches a bare simmer.
  • Add a big spoonful of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Repeat, adding a big spoonful at a time, to temper the eggs.
  • Once most of the hot milk has been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the saucepan on the stove.
  • Whisk constantly for just a few minutes, until the mixture is just slightly thickened (or until it reaches about 160 degrees F on a thermometer). It will thicken more as it cools.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, and alcohol*, if using.
  • Pour the eggnog through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher or other container and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate until chilled. It will thicken as it cools. If you want a thinner, completely smooth consistency, you can add the entire mixture to a blender with 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk and blend until smooth.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, and fresh whipped cream, if desired.
  • Store homemade eggnog in the fridge for up to one week.

Once the eggnog is ready, then depending on the time of day, you can add it to your coffee or to your spirits of choice.

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Holiday recipes are great for gathering, but they're also fun for just a quiet evening together. Alisha and I don't spend all our time thinking and working in our Lake City Coffee business. We spend many a night having a coffee nudge or something like it in front of the fire.

We pray that 2024 finds you counting your blessing more and enjoying our coffee more.


Russell & Alisha Volz

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